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Students Visit Steinway & Sons Factory Hamburg to select the pianos for Durham University
We recently invited a group of Durham students to the Steinway Factory in Hamburg to hand-select instruments that make up a grandiose fleet of 57 pianos for the university, on Durham’s journey to becoming an All-Steinway School.
Hear from the students what they looked for as they selected the various models, how this change will affect their learning experience at the university, and how this will open doors to endless opportunities in their future.
Steinway & Sons introduces the Masterpiece 8X8 collection, a limited edition featuring eight precious wood veneers, with eight grands and eight uprights for each veneer. All grand pianos in the collection are crafted as Spirio | r, the world’s finest high-resolution player piano.
8 PRECIOUS VENEERS
American Walnut, Eucalyptus, Figured Macore, Figured Sycamore, Macassar Ebony, Oak, Olive, Santos Rosewood — melodious names, each originating from distant regions in the world, in different colours and grains: something for every nature lover.
8 GRAND PIANOS AND 8 UPRIGHTS
The number 8 symbolises great luck, so only 8 grand pianos and 8 upright pianos of each wood are passionately handcrafted with respect for nature at the Steinway Factory in Hamburg.
COLOUR HARMONY DOWN TO THE LAST DETAIL
The design of the MASTERPIECE 8X8 grand and upright pianos is clear, modern and direct. In addition, a colour concept was developed for each instrument in perfect harmony with its respective wood.
Maple bolt, oak, eucalyptus, Macore bolt, olive, Santos rosewood — chrome fittings were chosen for the light to medium-dark woods, and the cast-iron top also captivates with its elegant silver tone. American walnut, Macassar ebony — the darker structure of these woods is accentuated by warm rose gold-coloured design elements.
The numbered plaque that each Masterpiece bears perfectly fits the concept — as does the metallic grey Tahiti or iridescent rose-coloured South Sea pearl in the MASTERPIECE logo.
MASTERPIECE 8X8: MUSIC ENJOYMENT ACCORDING TO THE LATEST STANDARD
All grand pianos in the MASTERPIECE 8X8 collection are issued as Model B-211 and are equipped as Steinway & Sons Spirios, the world’s finest high resolution player piano. A masterpiece of artistry and engineering in your home, Spirio enables you to enjoy performances played by great pianists — captured with such nuance, power, and passion that they are utterly indistinguishable from a live performance.
A WRITING INSTRUMENT AS INDIVIDUAL AS THE PIANO
Each Masterpiece 8X8 comes with a high-quality writing instrument designed by Hamburg–based designer Jan Zander exclusively for Steinway & Sons.
Individually handcrafted by Zander from the original solid woods of the collection, the design corresponds to the look of the instruments and once again underlines the passion and attention to detail that go into them. The design of the clip harkens back to a Steinway patent from 1880 and employs the shape of the screws of the pressing device developed at that time, still used today to bend the grand piano case.
See the full Steinway Limited Edition 8X8 Launch video here.
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